Canada Bay Cannons U15 Div 1 v Easts
Round 7, Sunday 22 May 2016, Drummoyne Oval
The U/15-1s had their long awaited clash with their opponents from last season’s Grand Final, East Sydney Bulldogs, at a sunny Drummoyne Oval.
Despite Cannons’ home ground advantage, Easts dominated early with all the play in the first 10 minutes, Ben W leading the defence to restrict the scoring. A spectacular flying mark by Josh G turned the tide, 3 quicks goals to Cannons and into the first break leading 18-8.
Easts came out strongly again in the second quarter, using their height advantage and making better use of space when they had the ball in hand. Despite this there were passages of solid play from the Cannons – with highlights a banana kick goal from Tommy, and Josh P using his speed and tenacity to guard his wing. Half time Easts Bulldogs 5 point lead.
The second half saw a much tighter game. Cannons played to the game plan in the third quarter, holding possession and turning the ball back inside to create overlaps and using their speed and fitness to claw back into the game including a double side stop goal to Gus. Scores tied at 49 each at the final break. Easts dug in just that bit harder in the final quarter, and with more scoring shots, clung onto a 5 point win.
It was a match where numerous players had brief flashes of good play, but also had moments where a lack of attack at the ball or not concentrating on executing the important stuff. And at this level, each drop in intensity from the Cannons is met by the opposition scoring.
The good news is that the team holds onto 3rd place after Round 7, so still in finals contention. Coach Greg will make sure the boys get back to their consistent best doing what they have proven they can do and do well, ready for a trip to Manly next weekend.
Special mention to both Josh L and Patrick B for helping out. Patrick had an impressive 15-1 debut, including kicking a beauty from the pocket under pressure. Jordan also impressive with his ruck work against a much bigger opponent, with Josh G, Josh P, Luke L and Luke W having solid matches.